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CUENCA DIGESTNo ‘false marriages’ found in Cuenca and Azuay Province as immigration officials tighten requirements

Jorge Rojas, director of the Azuay Civil Registry says that no marriages between Ecuadorians and non-Ecuadorians have been challenged in the province. Nationwide, immigration officials have revoked the citizenship of more than 200 foreigners married to Ecuadorians, claiming the marriages were"false" or “illegitimate.” Officials say the marriages were solely for the purpose of foreigners gaining Ecuadorian citizenship, […]

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CUENCA DIGESTOverpass construction at Simon Bolivar traffic circle will mean major westside disruption for a year

Those living on Cuenca’s west side, especially in neighborhoods bordering Av. Ordonez Lazo,  can expect major traffic disruptions that will last for a year. According to Cuenca transportation officials, construction of an overpass at the Simón Bolívar traffic circle at Av. Lazo and Av. Las Americas, will ultimately result in much improved traffic flow. Work […]

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CUENCA DIGESTCuenca’s police bolstered by 600, inlcuding Army troops

Concerned with an increase in crime, provincial and city governments have increased the number of local law enforcement personnel in Cuenca by more than 600. The number includes 400 Army troops, trained in law enforcement, who are focusing on eliminating illegal firearms and checking vehicle registrations. According to Azuay police commander Diego Yanez, the additional manpower is […]

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CUENCA DIGESTAfter months of delays, AirCuenca is finally airborne

AirCuenca finally took to the skies August 2, four months behind schedule. According to a company spokesperson, the delay was due to an unexpectedly lengthy approval process by Ecuador’s civil aviation authority. The new airline flies between Cuenca, Quito and Guayaquil and says it will expand service once it receives new aircraft from France by […]

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CUENCA DIGESTNew city rules reduce street parking in El Centro

Cuenca city officials say that elimination of parking spaces on six historic district streets has improved traffic flow. They say that the full impact of the changes won’t be felt until roadwork, especially on Calle Simon Bolivar, is completed in September. According to city parking coordinator Cris Zhindón, the opening of traffic lanes previously used […]

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SYLVAN HARDYChecking out Cuenca’s ‘gringo invasion’ and other popular myths in the land of the blind

When a friend told me recently that there are 4,000 gringos living permanently in Cuenca, I asked where he got his information. “I read it in a blog,” he said.  “Who’s blog?” I asked. “I don’t remember,” he answered.  My friend had more alarming news to share: gringos are driving up real estate prices in Cuenca. “Did […]

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CUENCA FOODExpat-owned Eucalyptus Café is still getting the headlines

Referred to by a travel magazine in 2008 as Cuenca’s version of Rick’s Café of Casablanca movie fame, the Eucalyptus Café is easily the city’s best known restaurant and bar among tourists and foreign residents. Lonely Planet rates it the “Pick of Cuenca” and Fodor's gives it its 2010 "Award of Distinction." Established in 2002, it is the […]

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